FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas scored 10 runs in the sixth inning to bust open a close game, and the third-ranked Razorbacks run-ruled Southeast Missouri State with a 12-2 victory on Tuesday.
Arkansas (19-2) won its 14th consecutive game and concluded an 18-game homestand with a 17-1 record. The Razorbacks are scheduled to play at No. 1 LSU beginning Friday at 7 p.m.
Leading 2-1 at the start of the inning, Arkansas sent 13 batters to the plate and forced the Redhawks to change pitchers three times in the sixth inning. Harold Coll doubled twice in the inning, and his second hit scored two runs to give the Razorbacks an 11-1 lead that put the run rule into play.
Coll scored after the second throwing error of the inning by SEMO third baseman Ben Palmer to put Arkansas ahead 12-1. The Redhawks committed 3 errors, walked 3 batters and threw 1 wild pitch during the inning.
Arkansas went ahead 1-0 in the first inning when Jared Wegner doubled and scored on Coll’s fielder’s choice RBI.
The teams traded one-out home runs in the fourth inning. Josh Cameron’s solo home run to right field tied the game 1-1, but Reese Robinett gave the Razorbacks a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning with an opposite-field homer to left.
Cameron’s home run was the only hit against Arkansas right-handed freshman Ben Bybee, who allowed 1 run, walked 3 and struck out 5 during his 4-inning, 73-pitch start.
Zack Morris pitched three innings to earn his second save. The Redhawks scored a run against him in the seventh.
SEMO (10-13) threw six pitchers.